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Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives.
We can alleviate physical pain, but mental pain - grief, despair, depression, dementia - is less accessible to treatment. It's connected to who we are - our personality, our character, our soul, if you like.
Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears and hearts of other human beings.
The principle of acting in good faith is at the heart of decent work.
I envy the happiness of others... I envy the sense of belonging... I seem always to be remaking myself.
I can't think of anyone I admire who isn't fuelled by self-doubt. It's an essential ingredient. It's the grit in the oyster.
All good actors are very bright. You can't be stupid and a good actor. You may be inarticulate, you may not be highly educated, but all good actors are quick-witted, some of them dazzlingly so. All you do is guide them.
The desire to share is not a vague, windy sentiment, not when you see the massive rise in live concerts in response to the phenomenon of downloading music... People want to get rid of the headphones and be part of a shared experience.
Art is about the 'I' in life not the 'we', about private life rather than public. A public life that doesn't acknowledge the private is a life not worth having.
I'm the classic example of alienation: I grew up in a middle-class household without art or books. I was going to be a chemical engineer until I went to the theatre for the first time at 16 and was blown away by it.
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Waiters are like actors waiting in the wings, bantering whenever we passed each other on the restaurant floor, shouting at each other backstage in the kitchen and winking and corpsing above the heads of our audience, the unsuspecting customers.
Governments have always been wary of the arts because they're wayward and ambiguous and because they deal with feelings rather than facts.
If the arts are held up solely as a means of social insight, fantasy is denied the chance to be commonplace and reality the chance to be exotic.
Balance is the enemy of art.
I am interested in the gap between what people say and what they think - the undiscovered world of people's lives. Lives of quiet desperation.
You can't be minimalist as a director until you have acquired the experience and confidence to say no.
Everything people say about grandparenthood is true - it is pleasure without responsibility. It is unquestioned love.
What we hold in our heads - our memory, our feelings, our thoughts, our sense of our own history - is the sum of our humanity.
Theatre is castigated for wallowing in self-indulgence, but it's curiously unsentimental. You simply have to move on. Everything passes. Something in me likes that.
I'm never comfortable at theatre opening nights. If it's my own production I'm too wound up to be able to enjoy the performance and too wary to enjoy the event as a social occasion.
I think the collision between the First and Third world is going to become more and more conspicuous. It's the big cliff that we've all got to climb.
A place makes a deep impression on you when you're young. It lives with you. It's like your childhood. It fertilises the imagination.
I resent all organised religions.
Don't ever be afraid to ask any question.
I was a chronically shy child. That kernel of my younger self is still there, but I've developed mechanisms to deal with it.
Every action has a consequence, so always try to be good.
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